Online tutor apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university coursea college courseworking towards this roleapplying directlyprivate training
You may need a degree in a specialist subject depending on the level of course you plan to teach online. For example you'll need a degree in maths to teach A level maths.
You'll might also need to get qualified teacher status (QTS) if you're teaching academic qualifications. Some degrees include this.
If you have a degree in a subject without QTS, you can get it by completing one of the following:
- a postgraduate teacher training course at university
- a school-based training programme
You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths and 2 to 3 A-levels, or equivalent, for a degree. For postgraduate study you'll need a degree in a relevant subject.
You could do a college course
like the Level 3 Award in Education and Training to get some of the skills needed for this job. This is suitable if you're not yet in a teaching role or have limited teaching hours.
You may need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a Level 3 course.
You can usually take qualifications while you work. The exact qualification you do will depend on your job but could include:
- Level 4 Certificate and Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training
You can apply to companies directly if you've got the following:
- excellent IT skills
- teaching, training or tutoring experience
- in-depth knowledge of the subject you're going to teach
You can do a course with a private training provider, and some of these can be done online. You should check courses carefully to make sure they meet your needs.
Online tutor apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- customer service skills
- knowledge of English language
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- knowledge of media production and communication
- the ability to use your initiative
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to pass enhanced background checks
Online tutor apprenticeships - what you'll do
Your duties might include:
- setting clear rules for online behaviour
- helping students develop their study skills
- acting as a point of contact for students' or parents’ queries
- giving support by email, webchat, social media and telephone
- managing online discussion forums
- setting up audio and video conferencing
- conducting 'virtual classroom' lessons using web technology
- monitoring students’ progress
- assessing students' work and giving constructive feedback
You could work from home.
Career path and progression - Online tutor apprenticeships
You could move into other areas of online education, like course development, management, private tuition or consultancy.